Restoration For All of Us: Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver Mark Starting of Development on Fo


May 14, 2021

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, announced today that construction has started on four capital projects in Brooklyn. This equates to an investment of more than $ 31 million to improve green spaces and open access in the community. These projects include building a brand new park in Greenpoint; Reconstruction of a popular playground in Ocean Hill and addition of a skate park; Revitalization and Reconstruction of a Recently Renamed Park in Honor of the Black Experience; and a Community Parks Initiative website that has not been invested in in decades. These projects are four of more than 800 projects completed under the leadership of Commissioner Silver that advance the city’s mission to build a fairer parking system for the 21st century.

“Resting for all of us means improving access to parks in historically underserved neighborhoods and creating greener, healthier communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These four Brooklyn parks will delight and serve New Yorkers for generations.”

“Improving access to open spaces and improving parkland are an essential part of building healthy communities. These four projects due to start operating in Brooklyn reflect our efforts to continually invest in our neighborhoods and provide much-needed peace and quiet to New Yorkers, ”said Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “As a commissioner, my main priority is to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality parks, and it is great to see these underutilized spaces being turned into commons. I am pleased that these projects are underway and I am looking forward to the prospect of the overlook in 50 Kent. the new skate park at the Callahan Kelly Playground; Reconstruct Susan Smith McKinney Steward Park to bear McKinney’s name and bring a redesigned playground to Williamsburg. “

50 Kent
50 Kent in Bushwick Inlet Park is a brand new park in north Brooklyn. When completed, the $ 7.7 million park will offer passive and active recreation features, including new seating areas, a gathering area, expansive lawns, a lookout point with scenic city views, and water feature features to keep cool during the summer months . This site is one of the cornerstones of the Bushwick Inlet Park development. It was acquired by the city in 2007 and redeveloped by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Reconstruction of the Callahan Kelly playground
Callahan Kelly Playground is a popular community park in the heart of Ocean Hill. This project will reconstruct the playground, spray shower, sidewalks and walls, basketball courts, adult fitness equipment, and seating areas. In addition, this project will build a brand new skate park and offer new park entrances. City funding for the project is over $ 18 million.

Bounded by Fulton and Truxton Streets, Van Sinderen Avenue and the Eastern Parkway Extension, this park was named after two local soldiers who died in World War I, William E. Callahan and Edward E. Kelly. Callahan, who lived nearby at 98 Hinsdale Street, was a sergeant in L Company of the 305th Infantry and was killed in action on October 2, 1918 in the Battle of Argonne. Kelly, who also lived a few blocks away at 1330 Herkimer Street, was a private individual in Company G of the 23rd Infantry and later the 106th Infantry and was killed in action on September 2, 1918 at the Battle of Dickie Bush Farm. Kelly and Callahan were two of the more than 116,000 American men killed in the world of War I.

Susan Smith McKinney Steward Park Reconstruction
Susan Smith McKinney Steward Park, formerly Bridge Park II, was officially renamed last December to celebrate the Black experience. This project will reconstruct the play equipment, swings and spray showers and build a new adult fitness area, a multi-purpose artificial turf field with a power level, benches, fences, drainage, water supply and new plantings. The reconstruction is financed privately by the Watchtower in the amount of 7.5 million USD. Susan Smith McKinney was the first African American woman in New York State to be licensed to practice medicine. She was born, raised, lived and practiced in Brooklyn.

La Guardia Playground Phase II
This $ 4.76 million renovation is being completed under the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), the city’s first park equity initiative funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The project will reconstruct the children’s play area (northern package) on the La Guardia playground and include new play equipment, seating, landscaping and a spray shower. Phase I of this CPI project was completed in autumn 2020 and the sports fields and the square in the southern part of the park were reconstructed.

CPI, launched in October 2014 by Mayor de Blasio, is a multi-faceted investment in the smaller public parks located in the densely populated and growing neighborhoods of New York City, which have above-average concentrations of poverty.

“As a long-time green space advocate in New York City, I am delighted that Mayor de Blasio and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Silver have announced four new parks in Brooklyn. During the past year of social distancing with the city’s theaters, shops, and museums closing, New York City’s parks have become even more important. They provide the millions of New Yorkers the relief they need when they spend their days away from home in small apartments. They are an outlet for socialization that we would not otherwise have in this incredibly stressful time. Ensuring the safety and accessibility of our parks is an essential part of the well-being of our city, ”said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

“Green spaces are vital for the well-being, play for children and as a meeting place for the community,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez. “These new projects will go a long way in bringing park capital to places like North Brooklyn and across the boroughs. I greet the city and Mayor de Blasio for making these investments a reality. “

“For years, North Brooklyn has asked, where is our park? With this historic investment in 50 Kent, we are one step closer to realizing the whole of Bushwick Inlet Park. Free spaces to gather, rest and play are essential. I recommend Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Silver for her commitment to these values ​​- not just in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, but in our big city, “said Emily Gallagher, member of the congregation.

As a child, I have fond memories of the busy handball court at Callahan Kelly Park, which we affectionately call “Kelly Kelly Park”. Over the years the park has been plagued by non-working lights which left a very lively park gloomy. As we are all recovering from this past year, the open green spaces are sure to be welcome. I applaud the Mayor for his initiative to revitalize our parks, and in particular Callahan Kelly Park in the 55th Congregation District. This necessary upgrade continues the legacy of Ocean-Hill Brownsville, a neighborhood where residents can live, play and raise families, ”said Congregator Latrice Walker.

“It’s great to see our capital projects in parks get going again. Both long-awaited projects in District 33 will create the much-needed space for the people. Thank you to everyone who helped make these projects possible, ”said Councilor Stephen Levin.